State Service Caucus

National service and volunteerism programs provide unique opportunities for states to address their most pressing challenges with the hard work of civic-minded Americans. Unfortunately, legislators in each state wanting to create and support these types of programs can feel like they have nowhere to turn for ideas, information, or support. The State Service Caucus (SSC) exists to end that isolation.

Supported by ASC’s States for Service arm, the SSC is a bipartisan coalition of state legislators who aim to raise awareness of national service and volunteerism; expand service opportunities in America; find innovative service and volunteerism solutions to meet community challenges; and support volunteers and service members.

Join the Caucus

Member Benefits

Caucus members convene regularly to collaborate on national service issues and programs, including generating new and innovative program ideas to leverage existing public investments in building service opportunities. Members work together to advocate for needed action on behalf of national service; to eliminate barriers to service, particularly for those from marginalized communities; and to support, recognize, and elevate service members. ASC provides administrative support to the caucus, as well as research, advice, messaging, etc., for service-related state legislation.

State Legislation and Programs

States across the country have had success implementing a variety of policies through state legislation to support service members and aid in recruitment, including, but not limited to: state tax relief for end-of-service education awards and living allowances; in-state tuition, tuition match, or tuition waiver for service members who complete a year of service; increased living allowances; and sustainable match funding for state agencies.

In addition, many states have created innovative new service programs, including Urban Safety Corps (MI); Math Corps and Reading Corps (MN, NC); COVID Response Corps (NH, WA); Refugee RISE AmeriCorps (IA); Resilience and Energy Corps (ME); and Veteran Corps (WA).

Please contact Casey Reynolds with any questions.